Council on Aging plans launch on July 6
BUCYRUS – The Crawford County Council on Aging (COA) will reopen its building to the public on Tuesday, July 6.
The ACO will be hosting a grand opening celebration from 1 pm to 3 pm on July 6 at 200 S. Spring Street, Bucyrus. Those aged 55 and over are encouraged to socialize with ACO staff, enjoy free food, play garden games, and learn about new changes at the senior center.
“We will be deploying new interactive software called Senior Space in July. When the seniors return to our building, they will see a touch screen kiosk in the lobby. With the Seniors’ Area, seniors can check-in and register for activities, view calendars, donate and more, ”said Courtney Moody, Activities Coordinator. “Everything is very user-friendly.
Meals for indoor gatherings will resume on Wednesday July 7 at the COA Senior Center in Bucyrus and the Galion Golden Age Center.
Masks will not be required to enter the building, although older people may wear masks if they feel more comfortable wearing one.
The transportation department, however, must follow other guidelines.
Masks will be required when using COA transport services. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires the proper wearing of face masks, according to federal law. Face masks must be worn at all times when using COA transportation services. Failure to comply will result in denied boarding or withdrawal and may result in penalties. The CDC previously issued an order on January 29, 2021, requiring travelers to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. This order has been extended by the TSA until September 13, 2021.
As before the pandemic, seniors can visit the senior center during opening hours to socialize, play cards and board games, and solve puzzles that are always available in the activity room.
“It will be well over a year since we have welcomed any elderly people into the building. It was very quiet in the building and we look forward to the hustle and bustle of the elderly coming and going as they enjoy the activities and socialize again, ”said Cassie Herschler, General Manager. “We plan to reach other areas of the county with our activities to involve more seniors. With the pandemic and the isolation everyone has felt, we hope this will attract more seniors who want to participate. “
The Council on Aging’s opening week includes the following activities:
• July 6: Grand opening party, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• July 7: 1928 Fire Truck visits COA at 10:15 am Fire Truck Story presented by Barry Herschler, Bucyrus Fire Dept.
• July 8: Bingo, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• July 9: Happy Birthday Bucyrus Party, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“Everyone here at the Council on Aging is very happy to welcome our seniors back. We are ready to bring some normalcy back into their lives, ”Moody said. “I started out as the activities coordinator during the pandemic when all of my activities had to take place outside. Glad to be able to offer more activities and meet more seniors once we can be inside again.
To register for activities, call Courtney Moody at 419-562-3050, option 4. COA activities are open to seniors in Crawford County aged 55 and over.
The Crawford County Council on Aging is a private, non-profit agency serving seniors since 1974.
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